Workshops: Letter Design, Letter Drawing & Lettercarving in Stone Workshops

The Lettering & Commemorative Arts Trust is enabling the UK’s long tradition of fine letter carving to flourish through our Apprenticeship Scheme and Lettercarving Workshops. Since 1999 we have been running short courses tutored by some of the UK’s leading practitioners, catering for all levels from complete beginners to professionals.  Our priority is to offer the very highest standards in tuition, but at reasonable cost.

The designing of letterforms, and lettercarving on stone and wood, are skills that are learnt over many years of study and practice; through workshops, private study, journeyman schemes and apprenticeships. Our letter design and carving workshops will introduce you to the skills you will need to fully enjoy and maybe pursue a career in this heritage craft; they will also give you an idea of what can be achieved with good training from Master Lettercarvers.

Expectations from a lettercarving workshop

You will be encouraged to try carving on 3 types of stone: ie limestone, sandstone and slates. A single letter or word will be achievable, but a  Shakespearean sonnet is unrealistic. If you do decided to carve a longer phrase, it will be at the expense of trying other types of stone or slate.

If you are more experienced, you may be able to carve and finish a longer piece, but it is not about quantity or speed so much as the quality of the letterforms which will not be improved by rushing. ‘Better a few well designed and spaced letters, than an epistle of poorly drawn ones’.

Cambridge - 6 days

Ability Level

Beginners/intermediate

Dates

Wednesday 27 June – Monday 2 July

Tutors

Tom Perkins & Eric Marland

Tutor details

Cambridge - 6 days

Ability Level

Any ability

Dates

Wednesday 18 July – Monday 23 July

Tutors

Tom Perkins and Eric Marland

Tutor details

Workshop

Workshops are held in Cambridge at The Old Chapel, CB3 0EA. All classes will be from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm each day approx. (including 1 hour for lunch break).  Tea/coffee and biscuits are provided.  Please make your own arrangements for lunch. See below. ACCOMMODATION  (for information only) The Cambridge Tourist Information Centre produces an accommodation guide.  For accommodation enquiries/to request a brochure tel. 01223 457581 (there is an answer phone if the line is busy, and they will call you back).  Their address is:  Cambridge Tourist Information Centre, Wheeler Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QB. You can find details about places offering accommodation/book on-line at www.visitcambridge.org Cambridge University Colleges – some Colleges are open to visitors for b&b, mainly during university vacations including the summer (June, July, August and September).  Visit www. universityrooms.co.uk  to check on availability and prices.  NB:  Churchill College is quite close to Eric Marland’s workshop. Bed & Breakfast:  Tudor Cottage (tel. 01223 565212) is within walking distance of Eric Marland’s workshop – a number of people attending our courses in the past have stayed there. FOOD Please make your own arrangements for lunch, e.g. bring a packed lunch, or sandwiches, etc. can be bought from local shops (the nearest one is about 10-15 minutes’ walk away).

SUGGESTED TITLES FOR BACKGROUND READING The Art of Letter Carving in Stone by Tom Perkins (published by Crowood Press) – (Also available from the Lettering Arts Centre) Creative Lettering Today by Michael Harvey (published by Black).    This is his three-books-in-one:  Drawing letters, cutting of letters, and digital letters. Letters, Slate Cut by David Kindersley (published by Cardozo Kindersley Editions) Letter Cutting in Stone:  a workbook by Richard Grasby “Calligraphy step by step” by Gaynor Goffe with Anna Ravenscroft, and the popular “Calligraphy Made Easy” out of print but available on Amazon.

WORKSHOPS

TOM PERKINS – 3-days Drawn Lettering – All levels Through blackboard demonstrations and individual guidance, participants ‘will be introduced to one or more of the following:- Roman capitals, Roman lower case, italic, and numeral. Most of the tuition will be on an individual basis, and can therefore be geared to individual requirements, and those with suitable previous drawn lettering experience can tackle more contemporary styles if required. Please inform the Trust well in advance, of which lettering style you wish to work with on the first day of the course.  Materials List A3 pad of lay-out or cartridge paper, Ruler, HB pencil, eraser, compasses, set square (plastic triangle) ERIC MARLAND – 3-days Lettercarving in Stone – All Levels Students will be given help & advice according to their needs; it is also suitable for previous students.  Individual tuition and group demonstrations will be given, ranging from first principals of lettercarving to more advanced techniques for students with prior experience. Students will have the opportunity to try different types of stone and learn carving techniques appropriate to each. Materials List A3 pad of lay-out or cartridge paper, Ruler, HB pencil, eraser, compasses, set-square (plastic triangle) If you have access to, and want to bring the following items – although these tools are available for use:

  • Diamond sharpening pad (Eric is able to give advice about what type of sharpening pad if you are intending to buy one)
  • A letter cutters dummy
  • One or two chisels – 4mm and 6mm (preferably tungsten carbide tipped)

COST:  6 day workshop £485


How to Book

Cumbria - 3 days

Ability Level

Any ability

Dates

8 – 10 August 2017

Tutors

Pip Hall

Tutor details

Pip’s workshop is for eight students, shaped to individual needs, and hosted at Kirkthwaite Old School, which also has rooms to rent during the course. Course length is three days. An introductory slide show will be followed by demonstrations of lettering styles, drawing techniques and methods of carving with chisels, and much individual tuition. Stone, tools and materials are provided, though students are welcome to bring their own stone and project. Please bring a packed lunch, tea, coffee and biscuits available all day.. Unless otherwise shown, these are beginners courses – for anyone with enthusiasm and a little patience…


How to Book

Winnterbourne House & Garden Birmingham- 3 days

Ability Level

Intermediate/advanced

Dates

2018 TBC

Tutors

John Neilson TBC

Tutor details

Letter Drawing and Letter Carving clinic: Intermediate With a maximum of eight participants, this will be an opportunity for each person to get to grips with whichever aspect of letter design and/or carving they most need help with, with plenty of one-to-one tuition. Before the course each student will contact the tutor to discuss what they’d like to do, and they and John will then devise a suitable project. The course will be best suited to those who already have some experience of carving and letter design and are seriously committed to the subject, whether as a hobby or a profession. A range of levels of experience and ability can be accommodated, but it will not suit complete beginners.


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